Car enthusiasts must have been so excited with the recent introduction of the Ford Edge 2019 ST, an all-new performance SUV whose output figure is claimed to be up to 335 hp. However, good news is that another performance SUV from the Blue Oval has just been spotted while testing on the roads. Yes, we are refering to the brand-new Ford Explorer 2020 ST.
Despite the heavy cover, the Ford Explorer 2020 ST can still be recognized with significant changes in exterior design
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Although wearing a heavy camouflage with the head lamps and grille are also covered behind the mesh, the Explorer ST can still be spotted with some significant changes in exterior design such as larger set of tires and wheels, and the new taillights with a redesigned light bar, giving the new SUV a distinctive appearance.
The head lamps and grille are also covered behind the mesh
As per Ford's plan, the 6th-generation Explorer will be rolled out in 2020 with a handful of improvements across the range. Particularly, all variants are expected to be equipped with a new flexible CD6 platform together with a RWD bias.
The next-gen Ford Explorer will come in with 4 engine options. While the current offering of a 2.3L in-line four-cylinder engine is said to be carried over, the new 3.3L V6 engine also found in the F-150 has been rumored to be added. Undoubtedly, the most potent engine option will be given to the top-of-the-line ST variant.
The spied Explorer ST seems to receive new taillights with a redesigned light bar at the rear
Another possibility is that the Ford Explorer 2020 ST trim will propably be powered by a 3.0L V6 Biturbo engine which is also equipped for the Lincoln Continental. However, the new ST model is said to be more powerful than the 400 hp and 542 Nm of torque of the Lincoln Continental though driven by the same engine. Moreover, the all-new ST is even expected to be far stronger than the 365 hp and 474 Nm of torque of its Sport counterpart.
The ST model is expected to be released following the launch of the 6th-gen Explorer scheduled sometime in 2020
As the 6th-gen Ford Explorer is scheduled to debut sometime in 2020, its ST model will be released later on. Stay tuned and don't forget to visit Philkotse.com to keep updated with latest car news worldwide!
In case you are interested, check out the price list of the Ford Explorer 2018 in the Philippines in the below table:
|Models||2017 SRP||2018 SRP||Difference|
|Ford Explorer 3.5 Sport V6 EcoBoost 4x4 AT||₱2,978,000||₱3,118,000||₱140,000|
|Ford Explorer 2.3 Limited EcoBoost 4x2 AT||₱2,609,000||₱2,748,000||₱139,000|
Know more about Ford Explorer 2023
Currently in its sixth generation, the Ford Explorer 2023 is a five-door midsize crossover SUV. It was introduced globally in 2019, and then Ford Philippines launched it for the local market in December 2021 for the 2023 model year. In the local market, the Explorer's sole variant is the Limited 2.3 EcoBoost 4WD AT, which comes with a Php 2,998,000 price tag.
Under the hood of the Ford Explorer is a 2.3-liter inline-4 turbocharged gasoline engine that's capable of making up to 300hp and 420Nm of torque. The said engine is then linked to a 10-speed automatic gearbox which sends power to all four wheels.
Size-wise, the all-new Explorer is 5,049mm long, 2,268mm wide, and 1,783mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 3,025mm, and a ground clearance of 208mm.